As promised, I’ve put together some of my favourite books that meet the criteria for the Under-Hyped Readathon, in case anyone is struggling to find things to read. 🙂 It was a pretty tough list to narrow down, but I did eventually manage to pick out just five!
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley. My favourite book! (Or one of them, at least.) While visiting her relatives in the country, a girl called Penelope finds herself slipping back and forth in time, and winds up getting involved in a 16th century plot to put Mary Queen of Scots to the throne of England.
Starseeker by Tim Bowler. The tale of a talented young pianist, who, after his father’s death, becomes involved in a gang. Hoping to find something valuable to steal, he breaks into an old woman’s house one day, but what he actually finds is her granddaughter, locked in an attic room. What follows is an extremely powerful story of friendship, loss and grief.
Heaven Eyes by David Almond. A wonderful (though short) story about a group of children who escape from their orphanage on a raft, only to get stuck in a bog further down the river. There they meet the mysterious Heaven Eyes and Grampa, who are both searching for saints, preserved in the mud. Skellig is probably David Almond’s best-known novel, but Heaven Eyes is definitely my favourite.
Elijah’s Mermaid by Essie Fox. A romantic mystery (or should it be mysterious romance?) novel set in Victorian times, and featuring no actual mermaids. The story follows three main characters: The twins, Elijah and Lily, and a strange girl called Pearl, who was pulled out of the river as a baby and raised in a brothel. A very atmospheric read, full of secrets and scandal.
Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark. A romance novel involving two gamers, who meet at the midnight launch of a game they’ve been really excited for. By the time they get to the front of the queue, though, there’s only one copy left! 😮 Which one of them gets to take it home?! 😛 Cute, quirky and hilarious; what more could I ask for?